Women who made their mark later in life.

Who is Pleasant Rowland? Learn how this entrepreneur made her mark on the world at 45!


It's Women's history month! All week long, I will be telling stories about women who made their mark on the world in their later years. It's never too late to start dreaming. Today, I would like to introduce you to Pleasant Rowland.
Pleasant Rowland had spent her earlier years as an elementary school teacher, a TV anchor, a magazine publisher, and a textbook author. In 1986, at the age of 45, Pleasant visited historic Williamsburg and was inspired to create a doll for her nieces. She wanted a doll resembling a little girl, not a baby or a barbie. Her goal was to teach young women what life was like in America for girls their age in different time periods.
 With her savings from royalties she earned from her textbook sales, she got to work and the rest is history!
The American Girl Doll took off and became a household name. By 1998 Pleasant Company, reached $300M in sales and made a deal with Mattel selling the rights for a whopping $700M! In 2021, The American Girl Doll was inducted into the National toy Hall of Fame. 
What are you waiting for? What dream have you put aside because you think you're too young or old to reach?